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A Carlsbad police officer charged with stealing heroin from headquarters’ evidence room copped a plea today in the Vista courthouse.

Michael Christian Koch, 44, pleaded guilty today to one of two felonies, second degree burglary, and the second charge, possession of heroin, was dropped.

Koch wrote in the plea deal that on January 19, 2012, he “entered a building with the intent to commit a theft.” Carlsbad PD spokeswoman Jodee Sasway said the officer committed the crime in front of “numerous police employees” who were witnesses.

Koch expects to get a “suspended sentence” of 180 days custody and 3 years probation and will enter a “drug program,” according to documents. The disgraced officer could have gotten as much as 3 years prison time, according to plea deal paperwork.

Koch has been free on his own recognizance; he made his first court appearance in March, and was again in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse briefly this morning.

Michael Christian Koch will be sentenced on June 20 by Judge Kimberlee Lagotta, who accepted his plea this morning.

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SurfPuppy619 May 17, 2012 @ 1:51 p.m.

Koch expects to get a “suspended sentence” of 180 days custody and 3 years probation and will enter a “drug program,” according to documents. ...Koch has been free on his own recognizance;

There should be at least SOME jail time on ALL felony charges, especially burglary which can be charged as a striek offiense. He is getting special treatment, because he is a cop/gov employee when he should be treated the same as everyone else, if not more harshly for his position of trust as a cop.

And an OR release when he was charged with multiple felonies is just more evidence of the system being gamed and manipulated by insiders.


Visduh May 17, 2012 @ 8 p.m.

Absolutely. He's getting a slap on the wrist instead of hard time in the joint, which is where anyone else would be going. Is Judge Lagotta one of those "tough on crime" types, along with Bahnee?

Oh, and then there's the matter of how unsavory this dude looks. Did the Carlsbad PD hire him so that he'd blend in with the lowlifes he'd be investigating? Or did they just hire a lowlife? Carlsbad is supposed to do better.


SurfPuppy619 May 17, 2012 @ 9:01 p.m.

I agree with you 100%, he is getting a sweetheart deal. Judge Lagotto has not sentenced him yet-but presumably this deal was hammered out with her, the prosecutor and the defense attorney and this IS the deal the cop will get. And YES, anyone else would have been in either County or the pen.


Eva Knott June 21, 2012 @ 1:08 p.m.

Michael Christian Koch was sentenced to 3 years formal probation yesterday afternoon, June 20, by the same judge who took his plea deal. Koch was ordered to continue substance abuse treatment with Dr. Todd Pizitz, and told that he must get the approval of his parole officer for his residence and employment. Koch was ordered back before the same judge on October 11 to check his status with his treatment program. Koch listed an address in Escondido, on the probation paperwork. Posted by Eva Knott.


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